Mike Burns (basketball)

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Mike Burns
Mike Burns in 2017.jpg
Burns in 2017.
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Boise State
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 56)
Tacoma, Washington
Alma mater Central Washington University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1995 Highline CC (asst.)
1995–1996 Tyee HS
1996–1999 Central Washington (asst.)
1999–2000 Stephen F. Austin (asst.)
2000–2003 Eastern Washington (asst.)
2003–2004 Washington State (asst.)
2004–2007 Eastern Washington
2007–2008 CC of Spokane
2008–2015 San Diego (asst.)
2015–2016 Pacific (asst., interim HC)
2016–present Boise State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 45–62 (.421)

Michael Edward Burns (born May 14, 1962) is an American college basketball coach who is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at Boise State.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Burns graduated from Tyee High School in SeaTac in 1980.[1] Burns first attended Idaho State University after high school.[1] He later returned to the Seattle area to work as a concert promoter and worked with several grunge bands.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

At a friend's recommendation in 1992, Burns became an assistant coach at Highline College, a junior college in Des Moines, Washington.[2][1] After three years at Highline, Burns returned to Tyee High School as co-head coach for the 1995–96 season.[1] From 1996 to 1999, Burns worked as an assistant coach at Central Washington University and finished his bachelor's degree there in 1999.[1]

Burns was an assistant at Stephen F. Austin State University in the 1999–2000 season before returning to Washington state as an assistant coach for Eastern Washington under Ray Giacoletti in 2000.[3] Burns became associate head coach in 2002. In 2003, Burns was an assistant coach at Washington State under Dick Bennett.[1]

Burns returned to Eastern Washington in 2004 as head coach. On May 30, 2007, Burns was relieved of his duties as head coach after three seasons and a 38–49 overall record.[4]

For 2007-2008, Burns was head coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, leading the team to a 30-2 record and year-long #1 ranking in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges league.[5] His team had a 24-game winning streak snapped with a one-point loss in the title game against Yakima Valley CC. He was named the NWAACC Coach of the Year, and the NWAACC East Region Coach of the Year.[3]

Three months after taking an assistant coach job at Idaho,[6] in June 2008, Burns left for a similar position at University of San Diego under Bill Grier.[7]

Burns joined the staff of Ron Verlin as an assistant coach at University of the Pacific on June 16, 2015. After Verlin was suspended due to possible NCAA rule violations, Burns took over as interim head coach on December 11, 2015.[3][2] Burns went 7–13 for the remainder of the season.

On May 25, 2016, Burns joined Leon Rice's staff at Boise State as an assistant coach. Previously, Burns was hired at Portland on April 4 as an assistant coach.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Eastern Washington Eagles (Big Sky Conference) (2004–2007)
2004–05 Eastern Washington 8–20 5–9 6th
2005–06 Eastern Washington 15–15 6–5 3rd
2006–07 Eastern Washington 15–14 8–8 T–5th
Eastern Washington: 38–49 (.437) 22–22 (.500)
Pacific Tigers (West Coast Conference) (2015–2016)
2015–16 Pacific 7–13 6–12 7th
Pacific: 7–13 (.350) 6–12 (.333)
Total: 45–62 (.421)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mike Burns". Eastern Washington University. 2006. Archived from the original on January 5, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Highfill, Bob (January 20, 2016). "Interim head coach brings hard-rock attitude". The Record. Stockton, California. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mike Burns". Pacific Tigers. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (May 30, 2007). "Burns fired at Eastern Washington". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Bergum, Steve (September 18, 2007). "CCS hires Mike Burns". Spokesman-Review. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Mike Burns joins men's basketball staff". Idaho Vandals. March 31, 2008. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mike Burns joins men's basketball staff". University of San Diego. June 26, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ Southorn, Dave (May 25, 2016). "Report: Boise State basketball adds Portland's Burns as assistant". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved January 22, 2017.